Former Conservative MP Tony Clement admits to multiple acts of infidelity as long ago as last summer

Former Conservative MP Tony Clement admits to multiple acts of infidelity as long ago as last summer
Conservative MP Tony Clement admits to multiple acts of infidelity
Kim Fox says she wasn't surprised when Conservative MP Tony Clement issued a statement admitting he shared sexually explicit images and a video with an individual online. He also claimed he had been financially extorted over it.

That's because, she says, the politician is known for "aggressively" liking people's posts on Instagram — something Canadians, especially women, have been talking about openly on Twitter since news of the scandal broke.

Ive let down myself, my family, my friends and supporters, my community, my work colleagues, and my staff; basically everyone I care about and who care about me, Mr. Clement said in his letter. Pride and vanity got the better of me, and shame held me back from getting back to the path of good. I apologize to the women with whom the exchanges occurred, and I also apologize to anyone else who felt in any way that I crossed online boundaries that made them feel uncomfortable, even without my knowing. I am deeply sorry.”

Clement, who was booted from Conservative caucus on Wednesday, did not immediately reply to As It Happens' request for comment, but he told the Globe and Mail: "I would say I like all sorts of pictures on Instagram. I've never sent unsolicited harassing messages, ever."

Tony Clement admits to multiple acts of infidelity

Fox, an editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer who used to work for the CBC, spoke to As It Happens host Carol Off about her online interactions with Clement. Here is part of their conversation.

I took him at his word that this was an isolated incident,” Mr. Scheer said, referring to his discussions with Mr. Clement earlier this week. “Since then, there have been numerous reports of other incidents, allegations. In that respect, I have asked Tony to resign from caucus so that he can respond to these allegations, Mr. Scheer added.

When the news broke that Tony Clement admitted he had shared sexual images and a video of himself with someone online, what did you think?

Two federal security sources said that there are no indications at this point that Mr. Clement was preyed upon in relation to his work on the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, whose members have access to highly classified material as part of their oversight of Canadas security agencies.

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Obviously, I think a public figure should have better judgment than that, but based on my experiences and those of folks I know, it wasn't that much of a stretch.

But after the story broke allegations washed over social media, largely from young women, that Clement's online behaviour was not so pure. He's long been known to be a prolific user of social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram. Several people online Wednesday said that Clement had used Instagram in particular to connect with numerous young women and message them privately. He spent a lot of time clicking to show he liked their photos.

It would have been about three or four years ago. I noticed that Tony Clement was following me on Instagram.

Of particular concern in Clement's case was the risk to national security when an MP with top security clearance opened himself up to an extortion attempt. Clement was an original member of the new National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, created in 2017 to oversee national security and intelligence activities carried out across the government.

I noticed just after a few months that there would be these cycles of like a barrage of "likes" on pictures.

Clement is a well-known MP who has been part of the Ontario and federal conservative parties for several decades, both as an official and an elected MPP and MP. He was a cabinet minister at both the provincial and federal levels. He ran twice for the federal leadership, losing in 2004 and withdrawing from the 2017 contest early to support Maxime Bernier.

At first I just, I kind of laughed it off and I thought, well, either, he's got some bad staff or there's bots or he doesn't know how Instagram works, and I really gave him the benefit of the doubt.

Initially Clement resigned only as the party's justice critic and from his committee roles; Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer didn't ask him to leave the party caucus. He said he was taking Clement at his word that the "terrible lapse in judgment" had been a one-time thing between two consenting adults.

And then as it started to become more frequent and I was talking to some of my female colleagues and folks who either worked in media or just outside the parameters, and they were experiencing the same thing.

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My husband at the time, mentioned that he thought it was, you know, a little aggressive and inappropriate. And we started looking at the photos and what we noticed were they were always kind of selfies — pictures of me directly, not me with anybody else or, like, landscapes or anything

“This guy is always there to “like” your pics,” said one tweet. “It’s what you expect from some distant high school Facebook friend, not an MP.”

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In the grand scheme of things, there's nothing wrong with liking things on social. But I think, you know, that kind of aggressive behaviour, repetitive behaviour is odd for anyone, never mind a public figure and politician.

After stepping down from his committee responsibilities amid a sex scandal, Tony Clement has now been asked to leave the Conservative caucus.

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He never messaged me. He never sent me any inappropriate pictures and no one I know of experienced that at all. But it was just an ongoing thing. 

When the news came out, immediately a couple of folks that I had these conversations about had sent me the story and we all commented how it was, sort of only a matter of time. 

Meanwhile, in the wake of Conservative MP Tony Clementsafter-hours announcement that he was giving up his critic role and committee assignments after being targeted by what he describes as an extortion attempt related to sexually explicit images sent to someone he says he believed was a consenting female recipient, his caucus colleagues should expect a full contingent of reporters to stake out their weekly confab this morning, although its unlikely that any of them will be keen to go before the cameras to share their reaction to the news.

Social is about good judgment. It's about how you conduct yourself. I think a good measure is to ask yourself, "If I conducted myself like this offline, if there was a woman who I didn't know and I just started getting in her face at a public event like all over about topics, would it make her uncomfortable?"  The answer is probably yes.

The cross-aisle cacophony that normally pervades the Commons on a typical Wednesday afternoon is set to fall silent, at least temporarily, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a formal, if overdue, apology for Canadas 1939 rejection of the MS St. Louis, and the 907 Jewish refugees aboard, more than 200 of whom were subsequently killed in the Holocaust.

My big  question is ultimately, did he conduct himself like that towards men? If the answer is yes then, he just needs a lesson on how to use social overall more appropriately and on communication.

I'm growing really tired of laughing off this kind of behaviour. I'm a 43-year-old woman. I've spent many years tolerating that behaviour or behaviour that's questionable. And you learn to navigate around that and excuse it.

For his part, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has already issued an official statement on Clements resignation from the critic roster, in which he acknowledged that he was greatly disappointed in his former leadership rivals actions, he is encouraged that Clement has decided to seek help.

And I think if anything the last year has taught us is it's time to speak up and it's time to no longer normalize this kind of behaviour and call people on it.

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I have a right to exist in a safe space. I have a right to have social channels where I don't feel like somebody is aggressively all over me on them. I have a right to just be a woman and live my life.

Parliamentarians on this committee — MPs and senators alike — are privy to the nation's most guarded secrets as they review the work of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the Communications Security Establishment, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canada Border Services Agency.

Written by Sheena Goodyear. Produced by Jeanne Armstrong. Q&A has been edited for length and clarity. 

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The Parry Sound-Muskoka MP was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006 after making the jump from provincial politics. Stephen Harper picked Clement for a number of senior cabinet positions in his government, including president of the Treasury Board and minister of industry.

OTTAWA—Former Conservative MP Tony Clement says he has engaged in more than one inappropriate online exchange.

“I took him at his word that this was an isolated incident,” Scheer told reporters. “Since then, there have been numerous reports of other incidents, allegations, so in that respect I’ve asked Tony to resign from caucus so that he can respond to these allegations.”

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In a letter to constituents posted on his website Clement says the exchanges led to multiple acts of infidelity.

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A leading member of Canada’s main opposition party, who was also a former cabinet minister, has resigned from parliament’s national security oversight committee after admitting he sent explicit pictures and video to someone he had never met.

Conservative MP Tony Clement scales back duties, says he’s being extorted over sexually explicit images

Clement says one exchange led to a woman being offered money through an anonymous social media account in exchange for intimate and personal information.

Clement had high level security clearance as a member of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, an oversight body set up in 2017, and had access to highly classified information.

On Tuesday, Clement resigned from his committee duties after admitting to sending sexually explicit images and a video to someone he thought was a consenting woman who he says tried to extort him. Wednesday, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer expelled the former cabinet minister from the Tory caucus.

Listen to the full episode13:37Longtime MP Tony Clement has resigned as justice critic for the official opposition and is leaving the Conservative caucus after admitting that sharing sexually explicit images and video led to an extortion attempt. Power and Politics host Vassy Kapelos delves into how a seasoned politician known for being an early social media adopter ended up at the centre of a sexting scandal.

Clement writes that while his online exchanges were entirely consensual and mutual, they were absolutely wrong and should never have occurred.

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OTTAWA—Former Conservative MP Tony Clement says he has engaged in more than one inappropriate online exchange.

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In a letter to constituents posted on his website Clement says the exchanges led to multiple acts of infidelity.

Conservative MP Tony Clement scales back duties, says he’s being extorted over sexually explicit images

Clement says one exchange led to a woman being offered money through an anonymous social media account in exchange for intimate and personal information.

On Tuesday, Clement resigned from his committee duties after admitting to sending sexually explicit images and a video to someone he thought was a consenting woman who he says tried to extort him. Wednesday, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer expelled the former cabinet minister from the Tory caucus.

Clement writes that while his online exchanges were entirely consensual and mutual, they were absolutely wrong and should never have occurred.